Supporting improvement projects

We have rich resources to support quality improvement work in our libraries. Here’s a selection



Wilson F, Mabhala M A and Massey  A. Health improvement and well-being: strategies for action. Maidenhead: Open University Press; 2015





Ovretveit J. Evaluating improvement and implementation for health. Maidenhead: Open University Press; 2014




gillamGillam S and  Niroshan Siriwardenaa. Quality improvement in primary care: the essential guide. London: Radcliffe Publishing; 2014




at a glance

Panesar SS, Carson-Stevens A and Salvilla S A et al. Patient safety and healthcare improvement at a glance. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell; 2014




Perspectives on context: a selection of essays considering the role of context in successful quality improvement. London: Health Foundation; 2014

Journals (all available with an NHS OpenAthens password)


BMJ Quality Improvement Reports





International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance (1 year embargo)





BMJ Quality and Safety





Total Quality Management and Business Excellence    (18 month embargo)




Web and other resources

NHS Improvement: Improvement Hub: improvement tools, resources and ideas from across the health sector. Themes currently covered include emergency care, patient safety, quality improvement, workforce, finance, mental health, operational performance, elective care, culture and leadership, maternity and neonatal and patient experience and involvement

NHS Improvement (archived site)

Institute for Health Improvement: the BSUH chapter of the IHI is about to be relaunched.

Heathcare Quality Improvement Partnership: an independent organisation led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, The Royal College of Nursing and National Voices

The Health Foundation: improvement projects, tools and resources  from a  independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK

NHS England Sustainable Improvement Team

Academy of Fabulous Stuff: Rich, though idiosyncratically organised, repository of case studies and examples.

Improving quality in the English NHS: A strategy for action [pdf]  A King’s Fund publication by  Chris Ham, Don Berwick and Jennifer Dixon.  Describes key features of a quality improvement strategy and the role of organisations at different levels in realising it, offering 10 design principles to guide its development.